The 6th graders at the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy in Johnstown, PA were installed into the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Youth conference on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.
This year over 100 kids received gifts due to the generosity of others. Throughout the year fundraisers help the ministry raise money for many projects including Christmas for Kids. The fundraisers alone cannot support all the children that are in need. Individuals in the community contacted SVDP council office and offered to purchase gifts for families. Groups of employees at some local businesses pooled their resources and purchased gifts for families and for a group of kids at a local housing program. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a brighter Christmas for some area children. The joy on their faces says it all.
Not only will the State College Thrift Store be moving to their new location on Benner Pike but they now have their own website. The site includes an online boutique, volunteer information and much more. Check it out!
The Food for Families warehouse in Johnstown needed new lighting but the cost was going to be over $6,000. A grant from Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for $2,500 helped defray the cost of the new lights.
Installed were LED motion sensor lights and fixtures that provide the newest in energy saving lighting along with greater viability and safety for the staff.
A very sincere thank you to Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for their support.
.For 20 years the State College Thrift Store has been helping those in need in Centre County. They have outgrown their new site and will be moving to 1300 Benner Pike, State College. Follow on Facebook
First distribution is scheduled for October 17.
Tammy Weakland, president of St. Benedict Carrolltown conference and Marianne Wetz, Carrolltown thrift store manager are very grateful for all the prayers during the rain this week. They said, "God answered our prayers." The water level at the store was 4 inches which isn't bad compared to some places. They are getting bids to prevent water build up beside the building.
The Johnstown Food For Families annual duck race was held on Sunday, August 5, 2018. It was hot but no rain! Many vendors turned out to help make this year the best ever. Thanks to Georgia Lehman, the fundraiser generated over $25,000. The proceeds will go along way to help feed those in need in the Cambria County and Johnstown area. Click here for pictures. Check out the Facebook posts.
Construction continues on St. Bernard's new food pantry; they are on track to be completed by mid-August.
Every year we say, "Where did the summer go?" Hard to believe that the new school year is less than a month away. And every year many students in our area need help getting basic school supplies to start the new year.
Last year our program distributed over 100 backpacks, filled with new school supplies to area schools. Consider donating so kids in our community can start the school year with new much needed supplies.
$15 will get a child a new backpack and supplies.
Donate on line or make checks payable to SVDP Youth Ministry’s, PO Box 231, Altoona, PA 16603. Be sure to note on the check or in the online donation backpack program.